Quite a few people detest hearing the chalk scrape on the blackboard, my son really dislikes the sound polystyrene makes and just how it feels to the touch. Here, during a supposedly full moon which explains why some of the Tree House dwellers were stirring, listed are some of our pet hates.
1, First and foremost: Tinnitus – this is extremely draining and in some cases debilitating.
2, Negative body language – Keep your chins up luv.
3, People relentlessly tapping on our arms or shoulders – Surely once is enough?!
4, Regional signs such as “middle fingers stirring the sky” which could mean “available” or “holiday” to others. Some deaf people think this is only deemed rude by the hearing while some deaf people also find this sign offending – Each to their own.
5, The sound of “Applause” apparently tends to drive some deaf people nuts. *Hands waving*
6, Static shocks – There are those who are full of static shocks but take pleasure in shocking others (!)
7, Visual noises i.e. Feet twitching in the corner of our eyes whilst trying to watch a film or read something.
8, People adamantly tapping on the table which is ultra-loud to a deaf person due to our other senses being enhanced.
9, We might not be able to hear them but we can still smell them – Trumping and in some cases flapping!
10, The wind noise from within our cars due to the rear car window being open whilst driving as the wind vibrates on our hearing aid microphones. Who seconds wind noises?
SJ: I was once travelling back down south by coach with the kids and in the distant we spied a wind farm. My daughter seemed puzzled and asked me what they were, I explained it was a wind farm. She then asked why there was one? To which I answered most innocently “because too many people keep eating beans.” A moment later the penny dropped. The most priceless grin – ever!
11, The feeling of catching our fingernails, the vibrations via the blackboard or garage doors only for the paint flake off and get wedged inside our nails.
12, Not being able to cut our nails when we have broken it – which is why I now carry a nail clipper on my set of keys. Light-bulb moment.
13, The touch of the newspaper or magazine due to its texture is enough to make some deaf people break out into goose pimples and make their hands shake!
14, Wooden ice lolly and ice cream sticks. The texture and how we have to be careful not to bite on it or scrape it against our teeth to avoid the feeling, the noise it makes, the taste and the risk of splinters. The worst has to be the ones the doctors uses to look down our throats which terribly dries out our mouths.
15, Sudden police sirens which our hearing aids amplify – Try living in Central London?!
Compiled by SJ (Sara Jae)